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tonight on "world news," gas gauge. the president has a new warning about gasoline prices. and we lay out what it really costs for you to drive the family car. countdown to government shutdown. as the politicians rangel, are you going to get your tax refund? are soldiers going to get their checks? the slugger. my interview with governor chris christie of new jersey on fixing america's schools. his two-fisted style. and does he want to be president? and, everyone needs a hug. a wide-eyed, orange zoo baby, and the human hands saving her, with a 24/7 squeeze.
good evening. as we come on the air a lot of news breaking tonight, including all that rangeling to head off a government shutdown. all the latest on that in just a moment. but first, gasoline prices. the issue putting so much stress on american families. everybody driving a car, everybody in a car pool. and today, gasoline prices were up for the 15th straight day, hitting $3.71 a gallon. oil at a two-year high. the president felt compelled to weigh in. and abc's barbara pinto is in chicago for us tonight. and tell us what the prices are at that station, barbara. >> reporter: diane, it's a whopper here. while most of the nation braces for $4 gas prices that is a painful reality here. take a good look. $4.29 for a gallon of regular unleaded. $4.53 for a gallon of premium. out on the west coast and here
in the heartland, filling up could leave you with an empty wallet. for karen slimmon, minivan driver and mother of four, her morning errand run was a wakeup call. >> i did have sticker shock. it was $76 to fill up a tank of gas. >> reporter: that's almost as much as she paid for all of these groceries to feed her family. >> i think we may have to carpool more when we're driving the kids to school. and try to really cut back on the back and forth trips. >> reporter: gas prices in chicago and across the nation are up nearly a dollar over a year ago. but a new report from aaa found the high price of driving goes well beyond time filling the tank. tires are more expensive. the cost of rubber and raw materials up 15%. and something we rarely think about, depreciation is up almost 5% this year, as gas guzzlers are quickly losing value. add insurance and maintenance, and aaa says driving now costs you an average of 59 cents a
mile. >> when you put it into dollars, it really resonates to people. they understand and they look and they consider that almost $9,000 to annually maintain your vehicle. that's a lot of money. >> reporter: today, the president said his plan to lower gas prices is no quick fix. >> that's going to take a couple of years to have serious effect. if you are complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting eight miles a gallon, you may want to think about a trade-in. >> reporter: or leaving your car at home. that's what steve mazor is doing in southern california. he's calculated his gasoline use down to the penny. >> the cost per mile for gasoline has been as low as 8 cents and these days it's running over 20 cents. >> reporter: that means his 140-mile a day commute now costs nearly $400 a month. >> reporter: steve tells us he's now working from home two days a week. with gas prices this high, that's an option many more commuters might wish they had. >> barbara, thanks to you. and from the family budget to
the nation's budget, and that duel between republicans and democrats that threatens to shut down the u.s. government friday night at midnight. the argument is over how much spending to cut right now. and here's jake tapper. >> reporter: at camp pendleton, california, marine michael goodwin is about to ship overseas. he and his wife life paycheck to paycheck, but a government shutdown would mean those checks stop. >> there won't be enough for food -- >> or rent. >> or car insurance. >> reporter: the shutdown will stop new funding for medical research and hope for desperate patients. this doctor, an on come gist in philadelphia, may have to cancel his federally funded clinical trial for a promising new cancer drug. >> every minute we wait, risks the opportunity for patients and if this new treatment is better, it risks their survival. >> reporter: doctors at the national institutes of health would be forced to stop seven new clinical trials, four involving children, next week. and stop admitting new patients
at 640 ongoing trials. 60 of them involving children with cancer. as happened during the shutdown of 1995-96, national landmarks will close. the liberty bell in philadelphia, the washington monument, the national gallery of art, the national zoo, as well as federal office buildings and passport offices. for 20 years, sixth graders at this school in western massachusetts have traveled to washington, d.c. to see those landmarks. >> the government is mean. >> it's not really fair they get to choose how and when stuff doesn't open and stuff. >> reporter: for those who sent in their taxes by mail, tax refunds may not arrive. >> i'm worried how this government shutdown will effect our refund. you know, we are -- we live check to check. >> reporter: in kentucky, j.t. henderson and his wife had to file their taxes by mail so they could receive the adoption refund after 4-year-old teddy, from ethiopia, joined their family last summer. with her student loans and the
adoption costs, they've been scraping by. >> if i could speak directly to the president or the congressional leadership, i would just tell them that they're grandstanding has effects as it trickles down to normal, every day americans. >> reporter: and diane, here at the national zoo, the cheetahs and other animals will be fed even if the zoo is shut down. and even if those troops are not going to be paid, have no fear, president obama and congressional leaders will continue to be paid on time. diane? >> they will be paid on time. thank you, jake. i want to turn to george stephanopoulos now, anchor of "good morning america," who just sat down with the biggest player on the republican side, the speaker of the house. george, does spaker boehner think there will be a deal? >> reporter: he says it's too early to tell. but it depends on who you talk to. staff negotiators on capitol hill say they're making progress. the white house says that the plans, the details have gone off the rhames, which is why they are calling the leaders back to the white house tonight. when i spoke to the speaker, he
clearly showed he was far from the president on the overall level of cuts and those so-called policy riders, things is that republicans have done, like defund planned parenthood. so, publicly, at least, he's very far apart from the president and the democrats position. >> a lot of people think he's being held hostage, as it were, to the tea party what did he say about that? >> reporter: and that is where the speaker was most forceful and animated. take a look. >> i'm going to fight for the best deal i can for my team. >> reporter: you know what the democrats say. they say they could get a deal with you, but you won't buck the tea party. >> there's no daylight between the tea party and me. they want us to deal with this crushing debt that's going to crush the future for our kids and grandkids. there's no daylight there. >> reporter: and one final note, diane. the speaker did make it clear that if there is a shutdown, he does not think that members of congress should take their pay. >> all right, george, thank you. and i want everybody to know you
can see a lot more of george's interview with speaker boehner tomorrow morning on "good morning america." and, now, the nation's schools, the nation's kids, and a high noon of a very different kind. the topic is how to fix american schools. i sat down, just now, this afternoon, with the governor who is so take no prisoners in debates that his initials have actually become a verb, it's called, to be cc'ed. it's chris christie, and we met him at lincoln, elementary school. he's a big punching fighter. >> if you want to put on a show and giggle every time i talk, well, i have no interest in answering your question. let me tell you this. >> reporter: bluntly telling teachers they have to bear a burden on budget cuts. >> you're not compensating me for my education and my experience. that's all. >> well, then you don't have to do it. >> reporter: governor.
we caught up with him at a school in new jersey today where even first graders -- >> good morning, governor christie. >> reporter: wanted to know more about his opinions. say, um, justin bieber. >> what's your favorite justin bieber song? >> my favorite justin bieber song. i don't have a favorite. but my favorite song? it's "thunder road" by bruce spring stein. >> reporter: he is a die hard springsteen fan, life-long jersey guy. and in his first year of office, the decision to make more than $1 billion in budget cuts, without increasing taxes on the very rich, has caused an uproar. so has his direct assault on the teacher's union about tenure, as he argues, why should unqualified teachers be protected? the teacher's union is running blistering ads against him. >> chris christie is making the wrong choices for new jersey. >> here's what i say to them.
i believe the teachers in new jersey deserve a union as good as they are and they don't have one. and they should start demand tock get a union as good as they are because i believe the teachers in new jersey are wonderful public servants and care deeply, but their union are a group of political thugs. >> reporter: i want to ask a question about tenure. many states, which have full tenure, have better education systems. proven better education outcome for the kids. >> listen, i don't want to get rid of tenure. i just want to make it better. >> in the last ten years, out of 150,000 teachers in new jersey, 17 have been terminated for incompetence. do we really believe that there are only 17 incompetent teachers in new jersey? you can have tenure protections as long as you continue to be a competent teacher in the classroom. >> reporter: isn't tenure not having to prove yourself anymore? >> if that's what tenure is, then tenure is failing our students. i don't know what profession you don't have to prove yourself
every day. it's the same thing with us. we get judged every day. and if you are judged to be ineffective, abc's not keeping you on the air . >> reporter: are you so confident to know who is a really good teacher? >> yes. >> reporter: that confident? >> of course. you talk to any parent who has children in school, within weeks they know if they have a good teacher or a bad teacher. within weeks. and the rumor mill in the school items them, too. >> reporter: i have heard teachers say, including, some in this school, he says he's differentiating with the differences with the unions and how he feels about teachers. my mom was a teacher, all my aunts. do you want to apologize to the teachers if your tone seemed disrespectful to them? >> well, i don't want to apologize to those teachers. if you treat me with respect, even when you disagree with me, i'll treat you with respect back.
>> reporter: bruce springsteen. you just told the kids here. >> i love him. >> reporter: number one fan. the same springsteen who just wrote a letter to his local paper saying the governor's policies are "large tax cuts on the one hand and cuts in services to those in the most dire conditions. that the cuts like that are -- eating away at the lower edges of the middle class, and not just those in poverty and are likely to get worse. >> are you surprised to hear that from him? i mean, you know, bruce is liberal. doesn't mean i like him any less. that's fine. it's his point of view and he's welcome to it and i have great respect for him because he speaks out. unlike other people who don't. he speaks out. that's great for him. >> do you plan on becoming president? >> you see, you're supposed to wait for diane sawyer so ask me that question later. >> reporter: i was scooped in the eighth grade. you are still saying categorically, not running. >> i'm not running for
president. i don't know how else to put it. the answer is no, i'm not doing it. >> reporter: why not? if you see things falling apart, most people have the impulse to go in and try to save the situation. >> it's a good way to put it. you don't make a decision to run for president of the united states based on impulse. i don't feel ready in my heart to be president. and unless i do, i don't have any right offering myself to the people of this country. it's much too big a job. >> and a footnote on this interview. there is a video that is rocketing around the internet of a little boy, 4-year-old jesse who, well, as you will see, he really, really, really, wants to be the governor of new jersey himself. >> i want to be the governor and i can't. >> why can't you be the governor? >> because -- >> well, we asked governor christie if he had seen that video. have you seen the little boy who
wants to be governor? >> in fact i'm seeing him later today. he's coming to the state house later today. he wants to be governor, i'm going to give him a shot. >> reporter: jesse, by the way, was made governor for a day, an honorary governor for the day and it was a great con sol lake prize. governor christie once said, by the way no one ever accused him of being too small to be governor. but he has been losing weight if you go to abcnews.com, he's going to tell you how he does it, every single day what he says to himself in the morning to do it. and we also asked governor christie about a possible presidential run by donald trump, and he'll weigh in on that with his signature candor on "nightline" tonight. still ahead on "world news," new information for women about hormone replacement therapy. is it safer to takes toe jen than we thought? glenn beck says good-bye. what is behind his departure from fox? and how 50 understudy
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>> reporter: and build an army of fans that marched on washington this summer. >> it is time to start the heart of this nation again. >> reporter: but for fox news, it might have been just too much. >> this divorce was inevitable. beck had proved too radioactive even by the opinionated standards of fox. >> reporter: his actions became outrageous. and his words, inflammatory. this is what he said about the president -- >> this guy is, i believe, a racist. >> reporter: beck himself became a favorite bunching bag. >> this is glenn's blackboard, so we have to play by glenn's rules. >> reporter: and his ratings, beck will still do specials for fox. and still has internet projects and his radio show. rest assured, while he may be going off the air at 5:00 p.m., he isn't going silent. john berman, abc news, new york. and up next, a baby who needled hugs from 50 stand-in moms and got them. i have allergies? think
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and finally tonight, the power of a hug. or, in this case, around the clock hugs, dolled out by loving volunteer moms for a cuddly baby who really needs them. linsey davis now tells us why. >> reporter: who could resist a face like this? so cute. so clingy. well, her mother did. she rejected her shortly after she was born over a month ago. she now has 50 surrogate moms. the zoo's workers all pitching, each taking a shift, 24 hours a day. they even put a stuffed orangutan doll to work to comfort the little one. >> we are finding that on the little doll, she is clinging
really well, and it is super important that she learn how to cling. >> reporter: with this village of help, progress. she's drinking infant formula from a bottle. she's gained two pounds in a month. soon, she'll meet the public. but why rush, when you're cuddled in loving arms? lynn see davvidavis, abc news. >> great yawn, huh? and we thank you for watching tonight. we're always on at abcnews.com. don't forget "nightline" along later. and tomorrow, we're so excited. we're going to be in chicago, with all the great people of chicago and our friends and come leeks at wls-tv, introducing you to the woman behind 50,000 new jobs. see you then. ♪